Monthly Archive for December, 2010

New Years Eve Fireworks and Dogs

New Year’s Eve is one of the most exciting times for dog owners and one of the most terrifying times for dogs. Roughly one in five dogs has a phobia of fireworks, which means these dogs will become incredibly fearful. Frightened dogs are unpredictable creatures and can become aggressive at the slightest stimuli. The first and most important rule for dealing with a frightened canine companion is to be cautious. Just because you have known your dog for years and he or she has never done anything aggressive toward you before doesn’t mean he or she won’t lash out under stress. Most dogs have a natural born fight or flight response when they feel cornered or threatened. The last thing you want to do is trigger that response.dogs and fireworks

One of the best things to do in order to prepare for these situations is to know your dog. How ... Click here to read more....

Merry Christmas From all the Pack at Paddington Pups

Well, it’s that time of the year again, and hasn’t 2010 gone fast?!

Thank you to all of our Daycare guests and their families for the support you’ve given us throughout this year.

We close the doors at 6pm on Christmas Eve, and this will be our last day for 2010 as we give big cuddles to all the pooches so they go home covered in enough love to last them until we reopen on the Tuesday 4th January 2011.

We look forward to seeing you all then!  Have a Merry Christmas and a happy and safe New Year!!christmas dogs

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New Year’s Resolutions and Your Dog

The standard New Year’s Resolutions are things like losing weight, find Mr. or Mrs. Right, or some other plan for bettering themselves and yet no mention of your four legged pals!   Change things up a bit this year and make your New Year’s resolutions all about your Dog – and some about yourself.

Here are my Top 10 Dog Focused New Year’s Resolutions.

1)     Walk my Dog Daily – We could all exercise our dogs more, but what I love about this New Years Resolution is that in no time at all, once your dog gets into the routine he or she will never let you forget whenever you have broken this commitment.  This also has the added human benefits of weight loss as well as getting more fit and healthier.

2)    Donate to the RSPCA or another animal welfare society – Make this resolution to better your dog’s life ... Click here to read more....

Did You Know…? Dog Facts

  • Dogs are similar to people with red/green colour blindness, Dogs can see bluish and greenish shades but not reddish ones. To a dog, a bright orange ball on a grassy lawn appears as a light greenish ball in greenish grass.
  • A dog can hear sounds 250 yards away that most people cannot hear beyond 25 yards.
  • A female dog (a bitch) carries her young about 60 days before the puppies are born.
  • U.S. Customs dogs “Rocky” and “Barco” were so good at patrolling the border that Mexican drug lords put a $300,000 bounty on their heads.
  • Dachshunds were bred to fight badgers in their dens.

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Don’t Overfeed Your Dog at Christmas

Whether your dog is still a cute little puppy or full grown canine, they probably have those pleading puppy dog looks that are unbearably difficult to resist during the Christmas holidays. Even the most well mannered dogs will steal a quick pleading glance during dinner around the holidays in an attempt to gain a tasty holiday morsel from anyone he or she can. Your dog isn’t stupid.

They can sense when something special is in the air. The environment changes, the house gets crowded with new playmates that show your dog an incessant amount of attention, your dog knows when the usual dinner security is slack. He or she will take this opportunity before it is too late and often times most owners think nothing of it. Let him or her have a few treats from the table. Can’t hurt to indulge a little during Christmas, right?

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Canadian Postal Service

Today’s blog post is from Dr Marc Dussault, The Exponential Growth Strategist, fellow dog lover and Canadian (now living in Sydney).

This proves dogs can do anything because no one second-guessed him!

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Breed Test: Beagle

boston the beagleOk let’s face it, this breed test is just a Christmas gift from me to Bree, the Boss. If you didn’t already know, Bree has a Beagle named Boston as seen in this photo above.

The Beagle is a member of the Hound Group, more specifically they are scent hounds, developed primarily for tracking hare, rabbit, and other game. They have a keen sense of smell and tracking instinct that sees them employed as detection dogs for prohibited agricultural imports and foodstuffs in quarantine around the world. Beagles are intelligent, and are popular as pets because of their size, even temper, and lack of inherited health problems.

The word Beagle derives from the French word begle, which in turn comes from the medieval begueule, meaning “gape-throated”.  This was a derogatory term stemming from the Latin root for “gullet”.  It probably referred to the loud voice of the ... Click here to read more....

What to Do When Guests Want To Feed Your Dog at Home

Christmas time is one of the most exciting times of the year for your dog. He or she gets to see brand new faces, be greeted by exotic foreign smells, and gets new playmates during their stay. A common issue that many dog owners face is when guests decide they want to feed the dog. This guest could be your neighbour or eight year old niece; saying no to either can be hard. There are a variety of ways to handle this issue.

The major problem dog owner’s face when a guest asked to feed their dog is the food it’s self. Many owners don’t know what is and isn’t ok for dogs to eat. Instead of committing anything to memory this could be solved by simply having an excess of your dog’s favourite treat on hand in anticipation. However, real food is often a special treat dogs absolutely love ... Click here to read more....

Dogs and the Potential Dangers of Christmas Decorations in Your Home

Christmas is a joyous time for most of us; filled with pretty lights and decorations that transform our humble abodes into our own ‘Christmas Wonderland’. While you may enjoy the change in scenery for the holidays, the addition of all the different decorations can make your wonderland a hazardous area for your dog. The added fact that Christmas is also the most distracting time of the year can put your canine companion’s life in danger. However, with a littler preparation and presence of mind you can decorate your house to be one of the most festive Christmas representations it can be while keeping your dog safe during the holidays.christmas and dog

The most common Christmas threat to your dog is the tree. It isn’t the tree itself but the decorations we dress the tree up in. Many owners use glass ornaments when decorating their tree that, if broken, can cause lacerations to ... Click here to read more....

Great Christmas Gift Ideas for Dogs and Humans

If you’re stuck for some gift ideas for your four legged friend or a fellow dog lover, here are some of our suggestions:

Beagle with Kong WobblerKong Wobblers – A new product from the makers of the original Kong.  Great for the curious canine who loves his food.  This Kong unscrews at the bottom and is dishwasher friendly!  Only $44.95 and we can also offer you a free box of Kong treats with your purchase (while stocks last).

Doog Walkie Belts – A great gift for the active dog owner.  Holds all the essentials such as poo bags, your mobile and more!  Comes in a range of colours and isDoog Walking Belt only $39.95!

Cesar Milan DVD’s – We have seasons 1 and 2 in stock.  These are great for training and behaviour advice and are quite entertaining too!

Cesar Millans First Season

We have a range of Dog Books for the book worm types, as well ... Click here to read more....